Forest of Dean XC Enduro 2016


Forest of Dean 2015 Enduro course

2015 Forest of Dean Enduro Course

Note: The course may be subject to revision due to tree felling operations etc.
Laps 2, 3, and 4 will use the section from point 41, to point 42 then to point 2.

2015 Forest of Dean XC Enduro - Route Description

The XC enduro route will be the normal mix of Forest single track, green tracks, stony tracks and the odd forest road section to join it all up. We will use both sections of "Richie's" to provide a classic single track ascent before dropping down Mary's "Christmas Tree" trail as before but for this year we will use the "drop" after Ben's curves that was created by RDFCC for their "Kids" races. The next highlight is "Bluebell Gully" - created by Ian of DTV and included last year. Then follows the fast descent and hard up and for me as I struggle out onto the fire road I feel I have another lap in the bag and I can kick out hard, even though this is short of halfway.

Along the top to the Elephant Man descent is a sequence of single track delights each with it's own character... sketchy roots (no Forest trail would be complete without those!), steep drops, steep ups, dodging between trees and pig wallows - its all there. New for this year is a single track section avoiding the sharp right off the Verderers that caught out a few in previous years. For the Elephant Man I won't try and sell it… it's the reward for completing a lap, as you start it try and take your eyes off the trail for a moment as the views are spectacular. From the bottom of Elephant Man it's a mad dash over the rock step and round the bottom of the downhills to close the loop.

In all we reckon the course will be between 9 and 10 miles, (15-16 Km) for laps 2, 3 and 4, 400m ascent per lap. The lap 1 will be slightly shorter as the start will be on the fire road to allow riders to sprint and pass each other for a good place on the first single track section up Richie's. The XC Enduro is the only XC race event in the Forest of Dean and in this its 10th year the course has not been better.

Dr J.